On this episode of the Village Home Show, you’ll learn about the different types of countertop materials to fit your lifestyle and taste. We’ll take you on a tour to one of our stone fabrication shops to see the customization process. We will also show you a before and after kitchen story that includes Formica’s 180FX series with a marble counter fakeout.
Types of Countertops
There are many types of countertops to choose from: natural stone, solid surface, and traditional laminate. As for the investment, the granite, solid surface, and quartz are very similar at a higher price. However, laminate countertops have a different price variable, but run half the price of a granite countertop.
When comparing a laminate countertop to a solid surface countertop, they are not heat and scratch resistant. Because quartz countertops are nonporous, there is no maintenance required.
With a natural stone, there is a sealant applied to the stone because the surface is porous. Typically you shouldn’t have to reseal the stone for another 10 years, but it all depends on how much you use the countertop kits. Natural stones come in large slabs of material so you can expect seams. For customers concerned about seams, they should view the slabs and choose the best one for their kitchen design. When the fabricator comes to the customer’s home to do the template, he will look for the placement of the seam.
Fortunately, natural stone countertops can also be installed in bathrooms. One of the best choices for your bathroom is the quartz countertop due to its low maintenance factor. We also offer marble because it is easy to keep clean and care for.
The Edge Profile
The edge profile may seem like a small detail, but it’s that type of detail that gives your countertop an appealing look. There are a variety of options to choose from. However, some are limited to certain material. In the category of stone countertops, there are a number of edge profile options available such as a standard ease edge, half round edge, and more. Other interesting edge options include the rustic, chisel profile. Each category of countertop material has a number of edge options for you and your design needs.
The Fabrication Process
Whenever a price is quoted for countertops, fabrication is included in the price. The fabrication process involves the following stages:
- We take the physical template that we made at the job site and trace them on the slab.
- The fabricator places the template on the slab and cuts them to the exact size using a saw.
- After the sawing process, the slab goes to the edge polishing machine which grinds and polishes the edge.
- After the polishing machine, it goes to the sink cutout machine and polishes the edges. A high-speed spindle, a diamond tip bit, and lots of water are used to cut out the sink.
- The final product ends up in the finish area where we put the final details on the project.
Before and After Kitchen in Geneseo, IL
Many of our featured kitchens include rooms that have been opened up because of a wall being removed. In this Geneseo, IL home, we used the same space and just added new materials without removing walls.
Village Home Stores transformed this Geneseo kitchen by adding the following features:
- Removed soffits and installed taller wall cabinets, giving the kitchen a more modern look and extra storage space
- Added crown molding and a light rail above the wall cabinets
- Laminate countertops give the countertops a natural illusion of marble
- Added a full wrap edge profile, allowing the material to fully wrap around and under the tops. This means no visible laminate seams appear on the front edge.
- Laminate countertops fabricated with a post form backsplash, giving a true marble appearance
- A new, sturdy sink
- Added LED lighting, giving the kitchen natural lighting
With each decision for your overall project, there are smaller choices to be made such as the type of material, color or design, and edge profile. We’ll transform your ideas into reality in Geneseo, IL and the surrounding area.